Name: Patricia Kack!

Business:  Simplified Communications


What is at the heart of your business?

I am a startup enabler

 

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

 Want to empower female entrepreneurs

 

What does thriving look like to you?

Progression over perfection.

 

Shecosystem’s core values are openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?

All of them – I am an open-minded, collaborative, community-driven feminist, who believes in simplifying life to be sustainable and ensure opportunity and longevity for all.

 

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?

Support, networking, goodwill.

 

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life: 

I don’t. I need to learn how to do this consistently.

 

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?

Don’t be afraid to ask – for help, for more.

 

Anything else we should know about you?

I am the Get It Done Girl – I can help, all you have to do is ask.

 


Connect with Patricia!

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Wisdom Wednesday : How to delight in your mistakes By Shari Lash

“Blend a little levity into your mistakes and learn to laugh with yourself next time you stumble”

 

My recent vacation to London, England was a long overdue change of scenery and a chance to deposit myself into a familiar cultural setting. With English being our common language, I thought I would fit right in. That wasn’t quite the case, however. I learned quickly that the bathroom was called a toilet, the elevator a lift, and fanny, well, fanny is not a polite word for butt, it’s slang for another part of a woman’s anatomy.

One day, the tour bus (or, known in the UK as a Coach) took us outside of London to Henry VIII’s summer palace. During lunch, I decided to try a kale and strawberry smoothie. I brought it back to our too small table and before long the drink was on my lap leaving sticky greenness everywhere. Our day was only half over and I had dinner plans with relatives that evening. I was aghast.

Back on the bus, I sat in the front, next to our tour operator, Rose. In front of us was our bus driver, George. “How did you like the Palace?” Rose asked, innocently. “I loved it,” I replied, “except I spilled a vegetable smoothie all over my pants.” George, who never spoke a word before, started to snicker. “I can’t even wash them or rinse them out until I get back to the hotel tonight!” I lamented, to which George lost his composure completely. He and Rose had a healthy chuckle and I was a little surprised by their response.

“There’s something you ought to know,” said Rose with amusement. In England we say trousers. Pants are underpants.” Even though to me, trousers is a word I associate more with my grandmother, I thanked Rose for clarifying, and we all had a good laugh. Not 24 hours later, I found myself in a Notting Hill clothing shop asking if I could try on a pair of pants in my size. When I noticed the grin on the saleswoman’s face, I caught myself and rephrased my question. Later on that evening I did it again when I “showed off” my new pants at dinner.

Now, back at home, I might have been embarrassed, impatient, or even ashamed by my slow learning. But the fact that I was on vacation, making mistakes was a source of delight. Most importantly, I laughed at myself while others lovingly laughed along with me.

We’ve all found ourselves in situations we’re unfamiliar with. We don’t know the rules and we have to learn to adapt. So many of us go through life being fearful of doing the wrong thing. We don’t try to stretch ourselves lest we feel embarrassed or judged or foolish. Whether we’re starting a new job, learning a new subject, or trying to navigate a new social context, is it possible to embrace challenges with a vacationer’s mind and even delight in our mistakes?
Mistakes are an opportunity for connection and even empathy. In fact, chances are that you’re kinder when pointing out someone else’s misstep. Before you entertain a punishing thought, try to catch yourself and lighten up. When Rose corrected me, and George was laughing, I laughed at myself too. I didn’t blush with embarrassment. From our group chuckle, we all became closer. Rather than feeling vulnerable, hurt or resentful when someone points out a mistake, try receiving new information with some gratitude and a willingness to apply it. Even when I forgot myself several times, trousers became my favourite souvenir word! Holding onto our mistakes — remembering that stupid thing we said over and over again is not going to change a thing. You said it, you did it, you learned something new, now keep moving. Even though I had to spend a whole day in sticky green pants, once I let go of wishing things were different, it didn’t matter to me anymore. In fact, it became a conversation starter!

Confidence comes when we open the door to making mistakes, whatever they may be. And when that door opens and hits us in the pants (or the fanny), we can smile, get back on the bus (or coach) and delight in the fact that we learned something new. Happy trails.


This post was originally written by our member Shari Lash on her blog. Wisdom Wednesdays is a collection of content submitted by our members.

 

Shari Lash is a certified Life Skills Educator, she brings a unique approach to her leadership and program designs. Shari writes for a variety of creatives, academics, coaches, and entrepreneurs, both locally and internationally and her workshops and presentations are offered to groups and organizations across Toronto.  Learn more about Shari at http://wholestep.ca

 

Finding my Tribe

This morning as we gathered in our Opening Circle, I pulled a card that landed upside-down – facing out into the circle. The card had an image of a redhead with a rose in her hair surrounded by laughing, dancing women, and it read:

“Find your Tribe.” 
Finding your tribe goes way deeper than just having like-minded people around. Your tribe are the people who step in to uplift and defend you, to help you build and grow.

I feel the power of this tribe every single day that I witness – and experience – the many ways in which this community connects.  Shecosystem has grown to over 50 members who work and play together.  There’s a palpable feeling of belonging, support, and trust in this expanding circle of folks who get it.

This month, the tribe is springing into action – and it couldn’t come at a better time.

After seven months of forcing myself to wear too many hats, I’m tired. It’s not the kind of tired that I can fix with a screen-free weekend or a long nap after work. It’s the kind of sustained weariness that can ONLY be remedied by asking for help.

 

So with the help of my Shecosister Mathura, I’m piloting a Summer Energy Exchange program. The means that rather than one overstretched and exhausted woman at the helm, Shecosystem now has a team (we’re calling it a Coven because we’re magickal like that) of seven committed women. We are truly becoming a Shecosystem – interconnected, resilient, diverse, governed by patterns and processes that naturally tend toward abundance!

At the first meeting of our Coven, I sat in awe as each woman described the kinds of work that bring her joy. The greatest part: their zones of genius are all so different from mine.  I’ve always said that diversity makes a Shecosystem thrive, and we are now putting that into play by harnessing different skills, perspectives, and personalities.

The women in the coven will be here to woman the space all day every day (so I’m free to leave and work on the business), each bringing a different vibe and new ideas. They won’t just be sitting around doing data entry and welcoming guests; they’ll each be leading an exciting project that makes the most of their unique talents and lets them do the kind of work they enjoy.  This means that the stalled projects that I’ve found too challenging or draining to pursue will get done, joyfully and willingly by competent experts. And it means that I can reconnect with what I do best, and fall in love with my work again.

The coven includes:

  • MATHURA our coven’s head witch who brings order to my vision and keeps us all flowing
  • JOY helping our members and our space shine online
  • ERIN our smooth operator making our events and scheduling accessible and efficient
  • PAT our get shit done gal levelling up our tools and systems
  • LINDSAY a people person extraordinaire who will make everyone feel at home
  • MELANIE a networker who will spread the social love far and wide
  • KATE a green goddess making sure we’re making a positive social and environmental impact

You’ll be hearing more about these wonderful women over the next few months. And without a doubt, you’ll be reaping the benefits of their work.

 


 

Emily Rose Antflick is Shecosystem’s founder and Chief Community Cultivator. Get in touch with her at emily@shecosystem.ca

Imesia Ewan believes in Progression over Perfection

Name: Imesia Ewan
Business:  Creator, Management Consultant at Imesia Ewan

 


What is at the heart of your business?

Making work FUN. Bringing the whole body into work.

 

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

I really appreciate and value the concept of sisterhood. I believe that there is power in women who come together to dream, create, collaborate and execute.

 

What does thriving look like to you?

Progression over perfection.

 

Shecosystem’s core values are: openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?

Community. When we unite we are the strongest.

 

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?

I hope to share from what I know from my career in human resources, learning & development and my passion for bringing wellness into the workplace.

 

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:

Breathwork. Even if I have ‘one of those days’ where life is getting overwhelming and I tell myself ‘I have no time’! Something I always make time for is a breathing meditation or simply taking time to notice my breathing, the quality of my breath, the pace and in that moment I can find some simple peace.

 

 

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?

Value your progress everyday. Take time for breath. Refuel yourself to continue on.

 

Anything else we should know about you?

I like to dance!


Connect with Imesia!

Facebook: movewithimesia
Instagram: @movewithimesia
Linkedin: @imesiaewan

Sheena Ewan Spreads the Healing + Shares the Love

Name: Sheena Ewan
Business:  Creator, Astrology Guide and Reiki Master/Teacher at Raw Redemption and Co-Founder of Roots Movement Retreats

 


 

What is at the heart of your business?

 

Spiritual and emotional wellness techniques and beliefs that help individuals to heal, evolve and transform their own lives by holding space while providing support, self care strategies and honouring ancestral teachings.

 

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

My sister and I won a free month as we’ve both been looking to expand our community base and clientele.

 

What does thriving look like to you?

Thriving for me looks like offering opportunity and space for others to heal and transform and in turn, have my inner wealth fully reflected in my outer world.

 

Shecosystem’s core values are: openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?

Wellness is likely the most resonant for me because if I’m feeling less than my best or ideal self, it affects the other values. At the same time, if I’m able to be open* enough in times that I’m not at or close to 100%.. my community*, the sense of collaboration* and feminism* help to maintain my wellbeing too.

 

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?

 

I wish to, as my company’s tagline says, “Spread the healing. (And) Share the love” with my gifts and products.

 

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:


I use crystals in my workspace, in my creams, water and anywhere else I can to get infuse a little crystal magic. I.e., I have a smokeless sage spray under my Raw Redemption line that uses crystal essences and each has a crystal inside as well so every time I spray it, it’s not only sage and palo santo but also crystal infused.

When I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I take a minute to use reiki to balance my energy.

 

Anything else we should know about you?

I am a mental health advocate and I am an artist and often incorporate art into my events and workshops.


Connect with Sheena!

Heather Briggs helps heart-centred entrepreneurs create Souled Out businesses

Name: Heather Briggs
Business: Brand Strategist & Soul Coach, Radiate Real 


What is at the heart of your business?

I help holistic, heart-centred entrepreneurs connect to their purpose, find their voice and grow their visibility.

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

Shecosystem is more than a coworking space to me. The people, the values, the energy, the collaboration, the conversations, the events all make this community feel like a second home to me. I know I will always feel welcome and have a place to land when I need to feel supported and inspired.

 

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?

I wish to give inspiration and clarity to those who feel lost and confused on the path of entrepreneurship.

I wish to receive love, creativity and flow.

 

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:

Taking a moment by the office altar & recharging with Dance Breaks!

 

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs? 

Keep learning, growing and following your soul’s purpose.

 

 Anything else we should know about you?

I’ve created a system to awaken the soul of your brand called the 7 Brand Chakras and have been offering it as an online course. This summer I’m excited to partner with Shecosystem to offer the program live as a 2-day Urban Business Retreat and live mastermind series. If you feel called to exploring your brand this summer, connecting deeply with your purpose and building a business you love – reach out today to speak with me about this program!

 


 

Get in touch with Heather!

Webiste: www.radiatereal.com

Facebook: Radiate Real Community

Instagram: @radiatereal

 

 

 

Angela Lewis: Connecting With People Through a Lens

Name: Angela Lewis
Business: Photographer, Angela Lewis Photography, Society of Females in Art


What is at the heart of your business?
Capturing a genuine experience. It means so much to me when I can connect to someone and get a shot of them having a true moment. I’m usually not overly interested in my subjects being aware of me and can often guide their focus elsewhere while I’m shooting. I mostly photograph womxn outdoors, while we share stories and see what natural elements come into play.

 

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?
Being a freelancer and often working alone, its nice to have a safe space to come to with like-minded individuals who are all seeking connection. Plus, the morning circle is such a bonus!

 

Shecosystem’s core values are: openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?
Wellness – This is 100% my focus for this year. Being mindful of how your body and mind feel on a daily basis, to assure you can achieve your goals happily. Eating whole un-processed foods. Practicing breathing and meditation to shift your focus and have less stress in your life.

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?
Uplifting, real and motivational conversations .. and smiles!

 

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:
I’m still working on this, by not linking my work to self worth. But one of my go-to’s is heading out for walks during magic hour – works every time!

 

Instagram: @theangelalewis
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/angelalewisphotography

Dreaming Together: Shecosystem & Nurture’s ‘Dream, Girl’ Screening

Shecosystem and Nurture Retreats recently gathered over 30 women for a screening of Dream, Girl: a documentary profiling ambitious and inspiring women entrepreneurs. This film, with its all-woman production team and its  portraits of diverse models of women entrepreneurs and investors sends a powerful message.

It is a message that when venture creation is done in a way that honours our whole selves, it is a tool for women’s economic, social and spiritual empowerment, and in turn a force for changing the world.

Some of my top takeaways from the film:

1. The business case for vulnerability: According to investor Joanne Wilson:  “Vulnerability is one of the most powerful places we can be: it’s where we deeply connect with people, it’s where we engage people in cases that are bigger than themselves.”

3. Entrepreneurship builds resilience: Even someone as “successful” as Marie Forleo still admits to feeling fear and self-doubt.  As Clara Villarosa says, “You melt down, and then you melt up!”

2. Peers are powerful: Filmmaker Komal Minhas says of her ability to accomplish her goal, “It was always there…I just needed to surround myself with ambitious women so I could see it in myself.”

I loved watching the movie together (and snacking on Sonja’s truffle salt popcorn!) but even more powerful was our talking circle afterwards.  We created a safe container to name our fears and voice our dreams.

At registration, we gave each attendee two blank cue cards.  We asked them to write down a dream on one and a vulnerable share on the other, and to place them anonymously  in paper bags. After the screening, we pushed our chairs into a casual circle and passed the paper bags around. Each woman grabbed a “Vulnerable Share” card and read someone else’s fear aloud, commenting on how it landed with her.  Not surprisingly, each card resonated with someone in the circle, and this sharing sparked honest conversations.

Next, we passed around the “Dream” bag and encouraged each woman to speak up and own her dream when she heard it read aloud. Every time, the circle erupted into cheers of validation and support. From providing accessible healthcare services for seniors to going national with an eco-fashion line for kids, these women are visionary dreamers and courageous doers, passionate disruptors and uncompromising in their commitment to serve their communities.

Seeing the nods of agreement and relief around the room when each woman read her anonymous “Vulnerable Share” cue card and the cheers when we claimed our “Dream” cards reinforced Shecosystem’s purpose.

We are creating a space where working on your own dream doesn’t mean working alone.

It’s a space to give yourself permission to break out of isolation and into a space of innovation.

I hope you’ll join us, dream girls.


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Wisdom Wednesday: Crystal-Marie Sealy on Pricing & Self Worth

Be everything to everybody and you’ll be nothing for yourself.”  – John Rushton

 

We’ve all heard this, but after we “nod, smile and agree”, for the hundredth time, how and where do we actually apply it?

 

Service Pricing Application

Have you applied this to your Pricing as well?  A few quick steps, if you’re still losing time and revenue-generating hours to “negotiators.” The big step many of us have yet to take in cementing our pricing is understanding, ourselves, why we’ve set these prices. If you’re simply following the market visible among the low-hanging fruit, ask yourself,  “How many business survive with these prices, in this industry, in the long term?” Do the research. What’s the answer?

1. Get clear, internally, on what it takes for you and your business to #thrive in the long term — sustainably.

2. Find the market, the community, that:
• Already knows it’s needed.
• Values that offering as you do.

3. Walk away from anyone else. Put that energy into staying focused on those who want and need what you offer.

These 3 simple steps are more likely to keep you grounded in, focused on, Why you do what you do at this price, removing the illusions of guilt, fear and defensiveness that arise when you run into those who can’t afford you. If nothing else, you’ll wind up with a better client base.

 

Need a hand?

It is often easier said than done, for some of us. This is not a popular path. Whether you don’t know where to start, or you know exactly what you have to do, but need a safe space to return to occasionally to help you stick with it, I’m here. If you need a quick session, a moral boost through my monthly e-newsletter or those weekly uplifting reminders on social media (see icons below), let’s connect and get you to the next step. Let’s chat! 

 


 

This post was originally written by our member Crystal-Marie Sealy on her blog.

Crystal-Marie Sealy, MBA, is a speaker and business strategy consultant focused on pricing, social media and feasible schedules, for established small businesses, entrepreneurs and executives. As founder of Successiory, Crystal-Marie works with professionals who want to build sustainable (livable) business models around their lifestyles and create sustainable client community on social media. Connect with her and subscribe at www.successiory.ca

Wisdom Wednesdays: How to Make Walking Meetings Work + Walking Wednesdays

We found this article on our friend YouInc’s site and thought you would find it as useful as we do. I had just recently read an article about way to eliminate procrastination by coupling activities you put off with ones you love.  I am not a fan of meeting in general but if I can couple it with an activity I like such as walking then the outcome is win win for everyone. After meeting face to face with clients I always feel better – it is stressful talking time out of my day but once I get out and connect with someone I like and share a similar passion with then the time away from the office is well worth it.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN MAKE TIME FOR LIVING HEALTH AND REDUCED ENTREPRENEUR ISOLATION BY CONDUCTING A WALKING MEETING:

Why? Being cooped up in an office all day when the weather is perfect can feel extra cruel, not to mention distracting.

Fresh air is a known mood booster, and physical activity tends to spark new ideas. So it’s no surprise that a number of people are trying “walking meetings” as a way to be more active while still getting the work done. The math is compelling: Turn two 30-minute meetings per day into walking meetings, and you’ll score five hours of aerobic exercise per week. That’s double what the CDC recommends.

People who’ve tried walking meetings also note that there are benefits beyond physical ones. “A meeting room is all about business,” says Chris Kay, managing director of the Los Angeles office of 72andSunny, an advertising company. He says of walking: “I think it knocks down a barrier. It’s quite personal. You’re just having a chat with someone.” You stay connected, even if the conversation is open, honest, or intense.

But just because the walking meeting has a lot going for it doesn’t mean it can replace all meetings. There are logistical challenges. Here’s how to make a walking meeting work:

Plan The Route For The Length Of The Meeting

First, think through some good routes. Beth Kanter, a social media and nonprofit expert who frequently advocates for walking meetings, recommends plotting out walks that are the typical length of calendar slots: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, maybe even a 60-minute one. Avoid noisy or crowded areas if you can. Sometimes it helps to have a destination (hesitant types might be more amenable to “walking to get coffee” than just “walking”). And check the weather. If it’s unpleasant enough that the weather will be a distraction, you’re better off indoors.

Walking Meetings Work Best For One-On-Ones

Julian Berman, director of platform engineering at digital ad tech company Magnetic, says, “Anytime people aren’t walking astride, they’re going to break off onto other tracks.” In most places, it’s pretty hard to walk more than three abreast without ticking off anyone else on the sidewalk. A nine-person meeting would quickly become three three-person meetings. So the best options for walking meetings are regular one-on-one meetings with direct reports, or informal catch-up sessions. Kay says he likes to interview candidates on walks. “I think you can have a more open conversation,” he says, hopefully easing what is often a stressful encounter. “The lack of formality is helpful.”

Mind Your Partner’s Pace

Unless agreed to in advance, think pleasant stroll, not Olympic speed walking. You’re probably wearing business clothes. The goal is not to break a sweat. (Save that for “sweatworking”: See “Networking Is Over. Welcome Sweatworking?“)

Read more on Youinc


Women in Biz Network and Shecosystem invite you to get healthy and happy with us! Join us every Wednesday at Shecosystem for a walk in the Bloor & Christie neighbourhood. Enjoy some laughs, get some fresh air and watch your network expand!

Timing/Location: We will meet at 10 am at inside Shecosystem at 703 Bloor Street where we will enjoy an opening circle and from there we will go for a walk for up to 1 hour.

Want to work from Shecosystem for the day? Free to purchase day-pass for $25 for WIBN Members and
for Non-Members for $30

Why should you join us:

  • Working in isolation is lonely, so getting to know other like-minded business owners & professionals expands your support network.
  • Sitting at you desk all day isn’t good for your creativity, health, productivity or sanity!
  • When you spend time with other business owners and professionals you get “known” and more opportunities open up for you.


This post was originally written by our member Leigh Mitchell on her blog. Wisdom Wednesdays is a collection of content submitted by our members.

 

Leigh Mitchell is mentoring women to thrive in their careers. Leigh is a facilitator, marketer, #ThriveinmyLife podcast and content creation specialist. Her wish for you is to build a life where you feel complete as a parent, friend, professional, entrepreneur and member of your community. Remember, It is not about perfection it is about awareness. Let’s thrive together.  Learn more about Leigh at womeninbiznetwork.com